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Sitcoms and the politics of disillusion

The return, for a final season, of The Thick of It and news that Yes Minister is to be revived for the small screen might suggest that comedies about politics are back with a vengance.

However, the first new episode of The Thick of It, broadcast on BBC2, was watched by just over 1.5 million, less than a repeat of Dad’s Army shown earlier that Saturday evening; while Yes Minister is to be screened by the subscription channel Gold, so audiences are set to be smaller still.

There was a time however when politics was depicted in situation comedies about everyday life, ones shown at peak times and so watched by millions. In this post on my personal blog I highlight the role that politics played in some of them, including, most notably, Steptoe and Son.

Steven Fielding

Published inArt, Fiction & PoliticsBritish Politics

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  1. avmitchell2010 avmitchell2010

    These comedy programmes are themselves a cynical and therefore hostile view of the noble art of politics. Parties are disorganised hypocracy but the system wouldn’t work without them.Disillusionment grows because the country is a f*cked up failure. QED

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